The Anglican Church of Canada

Seasonal Big Ideas

  • Each church season—Epiphany, Lent, Holy Week/Easter, Pentecost and Advent/Christmas—is tied to a Mark of Mission.
  • For each church season, Sunday schools are encouraged to choose one big idea—an intergenerational community event. Some suggestions follow.
  • Consider sharing your experiences through photos or comments—please send these to www.anglican.ca/churchmice.

photosEpiphany

To teach, nurture and baptize new believers

Faith Sharing

  • Ask the clergy to create a short list of simple questions about faith.
  • Pair each child with a senior member of the congregation.
  • Each interviews the other.
  • Send in photos of the event with quotes.

Church Supper

  • Hold a potluck church supper on the 12th day of Christmas.

Share Your Favourite Compendium of the Church Mice Lesson

  • Choose your favourite lesson from The Compendium of the Church Mice and share it with an all-ages group.
  • Pick an evening or day that works for many congregation members.
  • Run the activity the way that you would for children.
  • Better yet, get the children to run the activity—step in only when necessary and take it easy.

Lent

To respond to human need by loving service

Social Assistance Week

  • Find out the amount of money that a family on social assistance lives on.
  • Challenge families to live on a similar budget for one week.
  • For one week, pray for families on welfare before meals.
  • Be sensitive to the possibility that some families of children you teach may be on social assistance.

Food Bank Project

  • Collect food for the food bank or
  • Bake cookies for a local food bank.
  • Serve at a soup kitchen.

Response Project

  • Organize a visit to a retirement home.
  • Help someone in need—shovel snow, clear the walkway, garden.

Holy Week/Easter

To seek to transform the unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind, and to pursue peace and reconciliation

Gifts for Missions

  • As a group, choose and make a purchase from “Gifts for Missions” from PWRDF.

 Solution Project

  • Gather an all-age group and brainstorm. Is there a problem in your community that you have a solution for?
  • Formulate a plan to cary out the solution. Act on it.

Pentecost

To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth

Parish Picnic

  • Choose the picnic spot.
  • Start to spread the word at least seven weeks before the picnic date.
  • Try to consume local picnic food to reduce the “carbon footprint.”
  • Bring reusable plates, cups and utensils.
  • Leave the picnic spot as you found it.
  • Take photos and send them to www.anglican.ca/churchmice.

Green Sunday

  • Challenge everyone to arrive at church using a “green method”—walking, biking, car pooling, public transit.
  • Take pictures of people’s arrival and send them to www.anglican.ca/churchmice.

The Greenest Coffee Hour

Do you like a good challenge?

  • Gather a group of willing congregation members to brainstorm about how can you make coffee hour as green as possible.
  • Formulate a plan from your brainstorm
  • Act on it.
  • You may find that a green coffee hour actually creates less work in the end.
  • Is your congregation doing this already?
  • Take pictures and send them to www.anglican.ca/churchmice.

Plant a Church Garden

  • Use space near your church to plant something edible—share with a local food bank.

Advent/Christmas

To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom of God 

Make Your Own Church Mice

  • Gather a group of sewers, knitters or crocheters from the congregation.
  • Create a pattern to make your own church mice.
  • Create your church mice together.
  • Give them as gift to the congregation on Christmas Morning.

Caroling

  • Choose your favourite Christmas hymns.
  • Gather a group, choose an area and set the time.
  • Bring along your hymn books!
  • Take photos and send them to www.anglican.ca/churchmice.

Costume-Making Gathering

  • Gather a group of congregation members and create costumes for the pageant.
  • Choose colour families for each nativity character group.
  • If you have some serious sewing skills in your group you can make something wonderful.
  • Even if you can’t sew, you can still make great costumes—make tunics from materials that don’t fray, cut fringes on the sides of the tunics and tie the individual fringes together. Use fabric paint, iron-on patches and other simple embellishments to decorate your work. Add belts, scarves and other accessories.
A resource for Living the Marks of Mission